There is a palpable shift happening in the Church today, as we enter into greater grace and favor, outpourings of the Spirit and increasing salvations. I have spoken before about convergence, which is the alignment of calling, character and grace that occurs in a kairos (opportune, God-appointed) moment. I believe now is the time for the Body of Christ to step into our identities as Spirit-filled leaders in our spheres of influence and bearers of the gospel of Jesus.

I am encouraged and spurred on by my brothers and sisters in Christ who are fulfilling their destinies in this way. Last week, I spoke about the powerful time of gathering and equipping we shared at the annual Global Summit conference in Pasadena with leaders from around the globe and fellow members of Harvest International Ministry (HIM). The conference was significant not so much in numbers, although it was the largest HIM conference we have had, but in the culmination of what God is speaking to the Body in this season.

 

A Shift in Perspectives

I believe that in order to shift into the greater fullness that God has for the Body of Christ in this season, there also needs to be a shift in perspective for many Christians. In his session, Mark Chironna preached on the victory of the resurrected Christ and the function of the Holy Spirit, bringing us Truth in power. But before he established these truths, he warned us of the popular belief in a pre-tribulation rapture. This belief can rob Christians of their purpose and often causes them to “wait for the rapture” instead of walking in power to see souls saved and the justice of God accomplished.

The theory of dispensationalism holds that God relates to man differently in different dispensations, or specific time periods that make up the history of humankind. Ultimately, this perspective tends to produce the belief that the Body of Christ is not subject to the tribulation described in the book of Revelation. In preparing for the second coming of Christ, we must consider the urgency and the weight of our responsibility as His Bride, rather than rest on the idea that we will be exempted from trial.

 

The Spirit in Partnership with the Word

We need the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit in partnership with the Word of God in order to see the purposes of God accomplished in this nation and in the nations of the earth. In his session, Mark Chironna pointed out the impotence of having deep knowledge of Scripture without intimately knowing the Holy Spirit. The Pharisees studied and memorized Scripture, but they did not even recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Jesus said to them,

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. (John 5:39-40)

It is not sufficient to have theological head knowledge—we must be filled with the Holy Spirit and attuned to His leading in our lives in order to truly know God. The Word of God is foundational to any healthy and prosperous society, and it transforms and renews our minds with the Truth. The Holy Spirit empowers us to carry out the will of God, moving in signs and wonders and demonstrations of Christ. We need both in order to fulfill our destinies as agents of the gospel of Jesus.

 

A Word for the Bride of Christ

This sense of the Word and the Spirit coming together to empower the Body of Christ was confirmed in a dream I had on July 4th of this year, which I spoke about in my session at the conference. I dreamed that I made an apostolic decree at HRock’s annual Fourth of July picnic, in which I said to the church,

“If you make the Word of God a priority in the church, you will grow numerically and qualitatively”.

Following this decree, I saw the glory of God visibly manifest over the picnic tables. As soon as I saw this, I ran towards the presence, raised my hands towards this zone of manifest glory, and lightning began to hit my watch, filling my body with the tingling presence of the Lord.

 

The interpretation was clear; now is the kairos moment for the glory of God to descend upon this nation and the nations of the world. But the tangible presence of God in the dream only followed the decree of prioritizing the Word of God in the Body so that we can have a strong, solid foundation in Scriptural truth. Psalm 119:11 says:

 

I have hidden you word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

We must be feeding ourselves daily with the Word of God so that we can obey the commands of Jesus and bring the transformative values and truths of the Kingdom of God to a culture and society desperately in need of reformation.

Come Holy Spirit! God is doing so much at our 20th anniversary HIM Global Summit conference. #himglobalsummit

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Moving Forward

In order to see authentic transformation take place in the nations, we must have vision for change that is multi-generational. This is not a moment in time to be eclipsed or lost later on, but a season that will mark lasting change in all the earth. We must pass on values to the next generation and have vision for future leaders and apostles.

 

I am filled with faith and expectation in this season, as I feel God is taking not just our own movement as Harvest International Ministry to a new level, but the whole Body of Christ to greater purpose and effectiveness on the earth. We are called to be the salt and light: movers and shakers, leaders in all spheres of influence, culture-shifters and agents of truth. As we rise up into our identities as children of God and take up our responsibilities as the Bride of Christ, we will see God glorified and the nations transformed.

going deeper

Here are some resources to help equip and encourage you as revivalists and reformers in this historic season.

 

 


Ché Ahn and his wife, Sue, are the Founding Pastors of HRock Church in Pasadena, California. Ché serves as the Founder and President of Harvest International Ministry (HIM) and the International Chancellor of Wagner Leadership Institute (WLI). With a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, he has played a key role in many strategic outreaches on local, national and international levels. He has written more than a dozen books and travels extensively throughout the world, bringing apostolic insight with an impartation of renewal, healing and evangelism.

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